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Old 02-07-2010, 12:16 PM   #41
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Kind of hard to turn left, when you've always turned right in life.

When you get the urge to work on that list of unfinished projects - just remember to lie down until the feeling passes.......
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Old 02-07-2010, 12:17 PM   #42
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One thing about net addiction is that volunteer work is available, even there, eh, Alan?
It most certainly is!! When DW ESR'ed 6 years ago she got into lots of volunteer work on the net, in particular transcribing census returns for a free Genealogy website.
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:26 AM   #43
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You do realize that you are are asking for advice on a forum full of net-oholics?
So very true. Nothing like acheiving FIRE only to spend a silly amount of time lying around netsurfing and having some bizzare virtual social life with a handful of other habitual posters

Have another forum I visit frequently but it is tied to where I live. Members meet regularly for dinner/gatherings and we've made several new friends from it. Just makes more sense
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:53 AM   #44
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So very true. Nothing like acheiving FIRE only to spend a silly amount of time lying around netsurfing and having some bizzare virtual social life with a handful of other habitual posters

Have another forum I visit frequently but it is tied to where I live. Members meet regularly for dinner/gatherings and we've made several new friends from it. Just makes more sense
I've had these thoughts too...about having "imaginary friends" online.
I like to think of the amount of time I spend on this forum as an educational experience of the highest degree, a chance to exchange ideas, learn about different parts of the country and other nations, have some fun and make people laugh, the whole enchilada.
If I had these "social" opportunities locally, I would participate in them in person.
You are very fortunate to have that.
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Surfing the web and a forum like this are so seductive. There's always the chance of some interesting or funny item just a mouse click away.
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Surfing the web and a forum like this are so seductive. There's always the chance of some interesting or funny item just a mouse click away.
Intermittent reinforcement.
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I thought that “nothing but net” was supposed to be a good thing.
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It turns out I was quite anemic back when I first posted and was surfing the net too much, which led to lack of motivation, depression (due to the anemia, not the net), blah blah. Everything's getting back on track now, and I totally agree with previous posters who advised that having a schedule or being interested in doing something is very effective in limiting the net time. I'm back to timeboxing in my net time to just a couple of hours in the early morning. Like someone said, I didn't retire to spend more time surfing - I could have done that at w*rk and got paid while doing it in the right j*b. I had one job like that, but it really sucked.
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I've said it before, but my biggest challenge and accomplishment when I retired was to quit worrying about "what I should be doing". I finally gave myself permission to let my true, lazy personality come out and I'm happy as he11. As long as you aren't letting someone else down, I don't see anything wrong with this approach.
Everyday I feel like I "need to do something" --can't seem to break the habit of being productive. Feels like when I was on vacation from work - wanted to use the free time wisely - and not waste a second of time.

I do put time on the net that can be worthless - unproductive time. I'm like a kid with candy - need to limit the total time to only 1-2 hrs a day -because I can lose track, easily and spend double/triple that.
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Surfing the web and a forum like this are so seductive. There's always the chance of some interesting or funny item just a mouse click away.
my thoughts exactly
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Yep, I don't think your "net time" is excessive until it exceeds 24 hours per day.
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Yep, I don't think your "net time" is excessive until it exceeds 24 hours per day.
I wouldn't call that excessive, I'd call it a miracle.
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